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February 18, 2010 / Don Sanders

Primal

by Mark Batterson

This past June I was blessed with a month-long sabbatical.  The best way to spend a month recharging my spiritual batteries, (aside from lots of mountain biking and a trip to Montana) was ordering about $50 worth of books on half.com (which amounted to about 20 books.)  Anyway, one of the books that I ordered was Wild Goose Chase by Mark Batterson.  I ended up not reading the book (but it’s in the queue on my desk still!) but I started following Batterson on Twitter (he’s the best tweeter I follow, btw.)  Anyway, to promote his new book Primal, he gave away copies every week to people in different ministries.  He offered for any discipleship pastors to email him and he’d send a free copy of the book.  So I took him up on it.

Primal is an exposition of the basics of following Christ, the great commandment.  Batterson lays out what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.  And what an exposition it is.  Laden with astute observations, scientific illustrations, and statistical figures, he does an amazing job of helping the reader to expand his/her concept of discipleship.  Amid all the illustrations are many little pithy statements that really capture the essence of Jesus’s statements.  While all of this is very good, the best thing about Primal is that it approaches discipleship from a positive perspective.  While many books pound and demoralize the read, this one is a breath of fresh air as it presents discipleship as an achievable enterprise.  Imagine that!

If one of the measures of a good book is whether or not you want to stop reading after finishing a chapter, Primal rates as good because I constantly wanted to continue on.  It was great encouragement to become more like Jesus.

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